Tuesday, March 31, 2009

the art of Affandi

Of the various art forms popular throughout Indonesia, and particularly in Bali, painting is the one most influenced by both western ideas and demand. Yet until the start of this century, the portrayal of Hindu epics was the dominating form.

Generally, artists were not afforded room for personal expression, as their designs followed strict aesthetic and religions guidelines. However, this trend began to change at the beginning of the 20th century with the arrival of European painters, as artists formed unique and hybridized styles.

The use of Asian symbols in the works of, amongst others, Paul Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec and Camille Pissaro, created interest and fascination with Asian-influenced art.
European painters traveled to Bali to experience the culture first-hand, and some never returned.

Ubud’s international fame as Bali’s preeminent city for art can be traced and accredited to the arrival of German painter Walter Spies, and Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet.
Together, with Indonesian artist Gede Agung Sukawati, the last “king” of Ubud, they established the Pitamaha Group. This institution was formed to legitimize and institutionalize Indonesian art while encouraging Balinese artists to both grow and diverge from traditional painting. The development of diverse and individualized styles can be seen in works of the varied artists displayed on this site.

garuda, the mythological bird of hindu folklore

a bridge in new york

cart drawn horses

wooden boat and fisherman

"affandi painted his master piece" painted by an artist depicting the maestro at work, by squeezing directly from the tube and smeared it with his hand over the canvas.

Affandi potrait, in his early career Affandi paint in realism until he found his own style of expressionism. these only a few of Affandi paintings, I hope you can share with us more of Affandi works available on the net, if you know this information, please   submitting the link in the comment area, it would be very helpful for others to find Affandi works. The maestro is gone leaving legacy lots of his paintings in collectors hand from New York to Singapore. 


Friday, March 27, 2009

works by Lee Man Fong 1

a hawker selling satay , the litle boy awaits with great expectation clings to his mom

Lee Man fong was born in China and moved to Singapore before landed in Indonesian soil, and perfecting his interpretation of Indonesian life, and became a prominent artist loved by the former first president of Indonesia, Ir Soekarno and became the palace curator. and managed to publish Soekarno art collection.

balinese woman weaving red cloth

two boys sheperd herd a water buffalo on a misty afternoon

I love his appreciation and approach of Indonesian village life, remind me of days gone by where life is simple, no rush away from the hustle and bustle of hectic modern life.

I am neither a collector having lots of money to spend on expensive painting nor an artist, just being a fan of fine arts, simply just because paintings give me so much joy I love to watch them over and over again. Painting means so much to me, so whenever I browse the internet and found a painting, I downloaded it and collect them on hard disk in digital form.
Hope through this blog, it will open lots of link of fine art by other art lover, let us share them and enjoy what life is all about.